Every Windows PC has a built-in utility called Registry Editor. It is a very important tool that manages thousands of settings on your computer. Usually, user should not wander in registry editor jungles but sometimes you gotta change some settings or tweak a PC to properly fit your taste or need. In such a scenario everything starts with opening Registry Editor. If you wonder how to access Windows registry, look no more. This article will give you all the options you have in a modern Windows PC.
Word of caution: do not open Registry Editor with no purpose. Careless changing registry keys may cause severe software damage to your PC. Backup important data and remember that only you are responsible for everything that happens to your computer.
The Easiest Way to Open Registry Windows 10
Press Win + R on your keyboard and enter regedit command. Smash Enter and you are in. Do note that Windows may show you UAC prompt before opening Registry Editor itself. Simply press yes to confirm launching Registry Editor. And yes, you need Administrator access level. If your user has no permissions, you will have to enter the Administrator password. No password? Too bad. No Registry Editor for you then.
Using Win + R and regedit command is our favorite way to access Registry Editor. It works in Windows 7 and newer and launches the Editor from any corner of the OS.
There is an alternative version of the Win + R method. Simply press Win or Start button and start typing Registry Editor or regedit command. Windows will automatically show you the app you are looking for. Very convenient if you keep search bar visible on your taskbar.
How to Access Registry Editor Windows 10 – Control panel
Now things are getting a bit more complicated. If you want to feel like a pro and do not rely on your keyboard, there is an option to open Registry Editor using a different method.
Open classic Control Panel (Win + R – control works perfectly well) and go to Administrative Tools section.
You will get another window with a list of different utilities. Registry Editor is somewhere there amid things like Event Viewer, Disk Cleanup, Services, Task Scheduler and other.
Pro tip: do you want to keep Registry Editor shortcut somewhere on your desktop or taskbar? Simply copy Registry Editor link from here to any preferable directory or drag it to the taskbar to keep it pinned.
Using Windows Explorer to open Registry Editor in Windows 10
Windows 10 Registry Editor is basically a regular Win32 app with a bit more privileges and access to every part of an operating system. Just like with any other app, you can access Windows registry using search or executable file from default Windows 10 registry location. We probably should say Windows 10 registry locations because for some reason there are few of them.
Go to C:\Windows. You will have to scroll a lot of files and apps but eventually, you will find a file called regedit.exe. That is what you need. Launch it and you are good to go messing up with a system registry.
In addition, the regedit.exe file is stored in C:\Windows\system32 folder, C:\Windows\WinSxS folder, and C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder if you use 64-bit Windows SKU. Don’t ask us why Windows keeps so many registry editor copies within itself.